Social Emotional Learning
SEL in K-12 Classrooms
Researchers, educators, parents, teachers, and youth advocates across the country increasingly agree that learning and practicing social and emotional skills in tandem with academics is crucial to K-12 student success. Learn more in the report
issued by The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development and in a discussion of the report
SEL Research Studies
Included in Edutopia's 2017 education research highlights
are two SEL studies discussed under the heading "The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning."
Integrated Student Supports
Making the Grade: A Progress Report and Next Steps for Integrated Student Supports
In recent years, the education field has come to recognize the role of schools in supporting student health, safety, and well-being by developing integrated student support (ISS) initiatives that offer specific services and supports to students and their families to build a foundation for academic success. These initiatives help schools connect struggling children with secure housing, medical care, food assistance, tutoring, and other critical supports. Making the Grade
includes lessons learned from implementation studies, interviews with principals, cost-benefit analyses, and evaluations.
Child Trends will host a webinar
on Tuesday, January 30 at 11:00 am (PT) to discuss the evidence base for integrated student supports.
The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report
in January that contains estimates of student criminal and bullying victimization at school by selected student characteristics and school conditions; reports of bullying victimization and other indicators of school disorder; school security measures; and student avoidance behavior.
According to the report, nearly 3 percent of students, ages 12-18, reported that they were the victims of crime at school in the previous six months, according to results from a 2015 survey. During school year 2014-15, these students reported being bullied at school at more than twice the rate (51.1 percent) of the students who reported not being victims of crime (20.0 percent).
Students with traumatic experiences bring those experiences with them to school. Many children and adolescents walk into schools and classrooms carrying toxic levels of stress. They are on edge, and their neuro-anatomy is in a state of dysregulation, which drives their behaviors and makes it difficult for them to learn. Read about four strategies
that can help foster a feeling of safety.
See additional resources in sidebar.
2017 Education Research Highlights
In this article
, Edutopia highlights twelve studies that educators should know about, on everything from the benefits of mentors to the most effective studying strategies.
Effective Praise Strategies
Praise enhances on-task comportment, engagement, effort, and participation. To motivate children, praise should be: perceived as sincere, earned, and truthful; specific; not directive; focused on process, not ability; immediate; and unexpected. Read more
about giving meaningful praise to inspire and reinforce positive behavior.
Insufficient sleep among children and adolescents is associated with an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, attention and behavior problems, and poor academic performance. A new CDC study
of YRBS state-level data finds that a large percentage of secondary students do not get enough sleep on school nights and advises promoting sleep health in schools, addition of sleep health to curricula, and delaying school start times to permit students adequate time for sleep.
California Leaders Must Act to Extend Progress on School Discipline
According to data
recently released by the California Department of Education, the state is suspending fewer students, promoting alternatives to harsh school discipline, and helping more young people stay in school. This is the fifth year in a row of declining student suspensions and expulsions. Dr. Robert Ross, CEO of The California Endowment, emphasizes that California students and parents have been at the forefront of a national movement to promote common-sense school discipline policies
, and their hard work is paying off, citing CHKS data as one example.
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